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Status of the Raven MOAO science demonstrator
Author(s): David R. Andersen; C. Bradley; O. Lardière; C. Blain; C. Correia; R. Desmarais; D. Gamroth; M. Ito; K. Jackson; P. Lach; R. Nash; L. Pham; J.-P. Véran
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Paper Abstract

Raven is a Multi-Object Adaptive Optics (MOAO) scientific demonstrator which will be used on-sky at the Subaru observatory. Raven is currently being built at the University of Victoria AO Lab. In this paper, we present an overview of the final Raven design and then describe lab tests involving prototypes of Raven subsystems. The final design includes three open loop wavefront sensors (WFSs), a laser guide star WFS and two figure/truth WFSs. Two science channels, each containing a deformable mirror (DM), feed light to the Subaru IRCS spectrograph. Central to the Raven MOAO system is a Calibration Unit (CU) which contains multiple sources, a telescope simulator including two rotating phase screens and a ground layer DM that can be used to calibrate and test Raven. We are working with the Raven CU and open loop WFSs to test and validate our open loop calibration and alignment techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84473F (25 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926854
Show Author Affiliations
David R. Andersen, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
C. Bradley, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
O. Lardière, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
C. Blain, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
C. Correia, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
R. Desmarais, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
D. Gamroth, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
M. Ito, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
K. Jackson, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
P. Lach, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
R. Nash, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
L. Pham, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
J.-P. Véran, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8447:
Adaptive Optics Systems III
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Enrico Marchetti; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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